Christians and the U.S. Military
The topic of war and the military can ignite many emotions. I have friends and family that are/have been in the military. Even with the emotions involved I think there needs to be a serious conversation about the U.S. military and Christian morals. When I was in college I was introduced to a documentary that made me wrestle with my stance on war. The documentary is titled “Soldiers of Conscience”. A shortened version can be found on youtube. Here is the video:
I do not appreciate the imagery this documentary uses with the dead people because that simply stirs up emotions but this video does raise some interesting questions.
#1 As a Christian is it okay to train soldiers to bypass their moral decision-making through “reflexive fire training” to more effectively kill an enemy?
#2 Is there a contradiction between the U.S. military chants, “What is the spirit of the bayonet? Kill, kill, kill without mercy,” and, “What makes the green grass grow? Blood, blood, blood makes the green grass grow,” with Jesus words, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matt. 5:44)?
These are questions worth wrestling over. I encourage responses below from all sides of the fence as long as they are respectful and encourage dialogue.
Thanks for reading.